Sanjoh Rose Egbe – The Survivors Project

by | May 7, 2021 | Heartivist Of The Week

Rose is from Cameroon, has a university degree in history, and is a survivor of human trafficking. She was sold as a slave by her cousin with a promise of a teaching job in Kuwait that turned into a nightmare of human exploitation.

When she finally was able to return to Cameroon, she decided to dedicate her life to empower women, raise awareness on various forms of human trafficking, and educate on human rights principles in several urban and rural communities in Cameroon.

With the help of a grant from The Pollination Project she started to organize educational workshops, community sessions, and the production and dissemination of informational materials highlighting the importance of safe migration and how to recognize traffickers. Many victims of human trafficking choose to conceal their past out of fear that they will be shunned or judged. Rose is changing this through her example and courage, inspiring other survivors to tell their stories. Collectively, this is reducing the rate of young girls traveling to the Middle East.

β€œMy entire life has transformed from the day I decided to speak out. I can’t keep count of the number of people who have told me thank you just for listening to my story. A lot of women after listening to me talk, have built their self-esteem and they know they are not alone. It has saved many from falling in the same pit like I did. It is really refreshing to see the smiles on their faces. And for me each time I speak out I feel a scar taken off me.”

The current crisis in the South West Region of Cameroon brings many vulnerable people such as women, young girls and internally displaced persons to look for ways to provide for their families. Lack of information and poverty make them an easy prey for traffickers who exploit them in domestic servitude or sex trafficking.

Human trafficking is a deeply rooted reality in this part of the world, involving cultural and social aspects. The efforts announced and promoted by the institutions to address and mitigate this social plague are not enough and often conflict with strong interests. Once again, individuals are those who make the difference. Victims and witnesses become community leaders and tackle the problem where the state fails to achieve. The Pollination Project exists for them.

β€œYoung women should never stop wanting to transform their lives.Our values and goals to protect and transform women’s lives in the right way should never be up for negotiations.”


🌟 Empowering Through Play! 🌟

Nature Trust (Tamilnadu, India) launched the project, "Enhance the Skills of Children with Disabilities through Play," supported by one of our seed grants πŸŽ‰βœ¨ Timed with World Autism Awareness Day 2024, this initiative resonates with the theme of "Empowering the Autistic Voices."

In particular, the grant allowed Nature Trust to provide specially curated play materials to 20 remarkable children with diverse disabilities. These tools were thoughtfully selected to ignite their development and unlock their potential. 🧩🎨

At the distribution event held on March 31st, the atmosphere was filled with joy as children and parents expressed gratitude for the newfound importance of play in their lives. πŸ’–πŸ‘¦πŸ‘§ The presence of local leaders underscored the significance of inclusive initiatives like this one.

Beyond distribution, Nature Trust volunteers engaged with the children, creating lasting connections and memories. 🀝 

Through the power of play, Nature Trust is fostering a more inclusive world where every child has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. 🌈 

Let's continue spreading joy and empowerment through play! 

#EmpowerThroughPlay #InclusiveCommunities 🌟 
#childrenwithdisabilities #autism #supportchildren #kindness #heartivism #India
It's Volunteer Month! 🌟 🌟 🌟 Today we celebrate our grant advisors working on Economic Development focus area.

By meticulously selecting projects for our seed grants, they're not just funding ideasβ€”they're empowering communities and sparking transformative change. 

Join us in celebrating their invaluable efforts and the positive impact they're creating together!

πŸ”Έ Eric Anorrey (Ghana)
πŸ”Έ Mariam Nakiryowa (Uganda)
πŸ”Έ Jean-Marie Zihalirwa (DRC)
πŸ”Έ Emily Logiron Asekon (Kenya)
πŸ”Έ Georgia Bernbaum (USA) 
πŸ”Έ Herve Tsoala Kuete (Cameroon)
πŸ”Έ Jackson Bizimungu (Rwanda)
πŸ”Έ Okumu Dickson (Uganda)
πŸ”Έ Samuel Litunya (Kenya)


#volunteermonth #volunteer #heartivism #economicdevelopment #change #empoweringcommunities
The Green Earth Initiative (#Cameroon) is a project dedicated to educating and empowering students about climate change, sustainable development, and environmental challenges, that has received a seed grant from The Pollination Project in 2023. With a focus on fostering environmental protection and conservation, the initiative establishes Eco-clubs and Environment Clubs in schools, providing students with the tools to learn, engage, and take action in their communities.

Since receiving the grant from TPP, the Green Earth Initiative has expanded its reach, now encompassing 9 additional schools across two regions/cities, surpassing its initial goal of 5. 
This expansion was made possible by the overwhelming interest from school authorities and the growing number of volunteers and team members.

Through the support of TPP and other partners, the project's environmental education programs, awareness campaigns, and initiatives have impacted over 8000 students in two cities of Cameroon. Additionally, the initiative has planted over 600 trees, launched 5 Environment/Eco Clubs, and distributed over 150 adapted waste bins produced from recycled plastics, contributing to proper waste management practices.

The seed grant from The Pollination Project has been instrumental in catalyzing the growth and success of the Green Earth Initiative, enabling it to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and communities, while fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

#environmentprotection #seedgrant #heartivism #environmentaleducation